July is Self Care Month

In the digital age, there’s no escaping alerts, announcements, and instant communication. Before tablets, computers, and smartphones became widespread, people had to tune in for news reports intentionally. E-mail wasn’t a thing; neither were text messages. With our 24/7 plugged in, instant newsfeed in our pockets, it’s no wonder people are feeling more stressed and pressured than at any other time in history. In response, the medical and psychiatric communities have made July self-care month.

Summertime is the perfect time to get back to loving on #TeamYOU!
The days are longer and the nights are warmer, and life is more chill. Now is the time to break out of your routine and try some new things. As you develop the habit of doing nice things for yourself, the more awesome you will feel. Even Hallmark has jumped on board with some digital screen savers to help you chill. Need more than a digital distraction? Here are a few ways to practice self-care in our backyard.

Make Time to Connect With Others

absolut midsommar splash

Dating back to the 12th century, Midsommar, or Solstice, celebrates the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, which in 2019 arrived on Friday, June 21. To mark the occasion, Absolut Vodka brings the spirit of the Midsommar holiday to Fort Lauderdale's famed coastline and presents Midsommar Splash: Fort Lauderdale Beach. Taking place throughout July and August, a variety of unique events, experiences, and activities encourage South Florida locals and visitors the opportunity to gather with friends and make new ones through food, fashion, community, and cocktails. Skal!
View the complete listing of events and experiences at www.MidsommarSplash.com

Take A Get Away, Getaway

Taking a self-care trip can make a huge difference in your life. Even if you’re not feeling particularly stressed, getting away for a weekend every now and then can help you disconnect, relax, and be rejuvenated. These self-care trips don’t have to be costly; and with Fort Lauderdale's Vacation Like A VIP program, it can actually be quite luxurious. Whether your destination is a 30-minute drive or a 3-hour plane ride, the goal is to veer away from your normal schedule and take the time to do something just for yourself.

Take It Out(side).

Spending time outside can help you reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, and be more mindful. Studies have even shown that getting outside can help reduce fatigue, making it a great way to overcome symptoms of depression or burnout. Getting outside can also help you sleep better at night, especially if you do some physical activity.

For steak-eating, coffee-toting, chocolate-loving, wine-drinking yogis, and purified vegan yogi philosophers, alike, Yoga by Donation is open to all fitness levels & healing arts practitioners with oceanside classes every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Whether you take in the Sunrise or Sunset Yoga class, or monthly Full Moon Yoga and Meditation, clarity will encircle you and trickle down to the earth below as you learn how to ground yourself and allow nature to heal, creating a happy and healthy body and mind.  View details

Enlist Your Dog

Pets can bring a boost to our lives. From giving unconditional love to providing companionship, pets can be hugely beneficial for our self-care. Dogs especially can help reduce stress and feelings of anxiety and can even lower blood pressure.  On the last Friday of every month (Check Schedule), make a doggie date and bring your dog to the monthly Dogs, Beaches and Brews  - which starts on the beach just north of Sunrise Blvd and ends with the Doggie Happy Hour at The World Famous Parrot Lounge.

Read a Book

In today’s fast-paced world, we tend to turn to our phones for entertainment or comfort, scrolling through news feeds that can contribute to our stress and anxiety rather than helping it. Instead, consider bringing a book with you when you leave the house. You might be amazed at the difference it can make when you slow down instead of always looking at your phone. Not only can it help improve your mood, but it can also help you to stay more present, mindful and help you escape. Check out our Summer Best Reading List that pair perfectly with a sandy beach.